Police in California have charged a 26-year-old man with murder after the body of his missing girlfriend was discovered in a remote part of Siskiyou County. The man was taken into custody by deputies from the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office on Oct. 10, and reports indicate that he is being held at a detention facility in Yreka, with bail set at $1 million.
Two California gang members have been found guilty of killing five homeless people who were living near a Long Beach freeway. Authorities were tipped off to the killings, which occurred in November 2008, after the bodies were found in a seedy neighborhood.
When California residents are charged with murder, they could be charged with first-degree murder or second-degree murder. While both charges deal with an intentional killing of someone, the first-degree and second-degree part of the charges are different based on the accused individuals' mental states.
Police in Richmond have arrested seven men accused of participating in a crime spree committed by a gang known as Swerve Team. The Richmond Chief of Police said that surveillance video captured during a home invasion in Fremont launched the investigation that eventually involved local, state and federal law enforcement. A detective recognized a man in the video as someone from Richmond and wondered why he was in Fremont. The seven suspects now face charges for multiple violent crimes, including three murders and 14 attempts at killing people, that occurred throughout Contra Costa and Alameda counties.
A California man was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Aug. 16 for the 2014 murder of a Chinese engineering student. The 21-year-old man was just one of four individuals charged with the murder of the 24-year-old University of Southern California graduate student.
A man and two women were taken into custody and charged in connection to a fatal shooting in California. All three individuals were facing murder charges associated with the shooting death of a 12-year-old girl.
A man was convicted on July 14 for the shooting death of a California man that occurred eight years ago. According to reports, the man, age 41, had been a fugitive and was found in Illinois.
Officers at the Glendale Police Department recognized a man in surveillance video captured near the scene of a murder. They were investigating the death of a 51-year-old man found behind an apartment on East Harvard Street near Chevy Chase Drive who had apparently been stabbed. The video did not show the actual attack, but officers spotted a documented gang member in the footage. The 31-year-old male suspect had been arrested numerous times in the past.
A 27-year-old biker who was accused of killing another man in a shooting at a California gas station was scheduled to be arraigned on multiple charges. According to Riverside police, the Corona resident was charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder as well as a gang-related special allegation. The charges were reportedly enhanced due to the use of a gun, resulting in great bodily injury.
California authorities reportedly took 21 members of a notorious street gang called Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, into custody on May 17. Federal prosecutors also indicted 44 people, which included those 21 as well as others who were already in custody. The charges the individuals were facing ranged from extortion to murder.